Woman charged with hate-crime murder in N.Y. subway shove death
By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press December 29, 2012 4:46PM
Commuters wait on the platform as a train passes through the 40th St-Lowry St Station, where a man was killed after being pushed onto the subway tracks, in the Queens section of New York, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Police are searching for a woman suspected of pushing the man and released surveillance video Friday of her running away from the station. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Updated: December 29, 2012 4:46PM
NEW YORK — A woman accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a subway train was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime.
Police arrested Erica Menendez on Saturday after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video.
A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Menendez told authorities she hates Hindus and Muslims.
Subway shoving victim Sunando Sen was from India, but it’s unclear if he was Muslim or Hindu.
Sen, who lived in Queens and ran a printing shop, was killed Thursday night. Witnesses said a muttering woman pushed him on the tracks as a 7 train entered a Queens station and then ran off.
Menendez was in custody Saturday and couldn’t be reached for comment. It was unclear if she had an attorney.
It was unclear whether the woman who pushed Sen had any connection to him. Witnesses told police the two hadn’t interacted on the platform as they waited for the 7 train, which runs between Manhattan and Queens.
Police released security camera video showing the woman running from the station where Sen was killed.
On Saturday, a passerby noticed a woman who resembled the woman in the video and called 911l. Police responded and confirmed her identity and took her to a police station, where she made statements implicating herself in the crime, police spokesman Paul Browne said.
The attack was the second time this month that a man was pushed to his death in a city subway station. A homeless man was arrested in early December and accused of shoving a man in front of a train in Times Square. He claimed he acted in self-defense and is awaiting trial.